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Clinics bring relief to Mokopane communities

The clinic near Mogalakwena mine

The clinic near Mogalakwena mine

Two community health clinics near Anglo American Platinum Limited's  Mogalakwena mine in the Mokopane area Limpopo were handed over to the provincial government in 2009. They bring the number of clinics built by Anglo American Platinum Limited to seven, with another two still under construction.

Sekgakgapeng

The idea of a new clinic was first mooted in 2005, when the provincial Department of Health (DoH) asked Mogalakwena mine to provide a primary healthcare facility for the DoH mobile clinic services in Sekgakgapeng Village.

Following stakeholder engagement, the traditional leadership and municipality representatives in Mokopane allocated a site for the facility.

At about the same time, extensions 19 and 20 of Sekgakgapeng were developed, and the municipal facility and the mobile provincial facility proved to be insufficient for the community's needs. Following requests from the municipality, the province and Kgosi Kekana, it was then decided to build a fully fledged clinic. Anglo American Platinum Limited has built the clinic and the DoH provides human resources and supplies to keep it running.

Armoede

During the Mogalakwenam mine expansions the communities of Ga-Puka and Ga-Sekhaolelo, collectively known as Motlhotlo, were relocated to the Rooibokfontein and Armoede farms. The Ga-Puka village moved to Rooibokfontein while the Ga-Sekhaolelo community moved to Armoede.

Following these moves, access to health services became a priority as residents were visited by a mobile clinic service once a week only. The new clinic serves 1,200 people at the new village.